Zulfi Bukhari rejects possibility of stepping down as PM’s special adviser


RAWALPINDI: Prime Minister’s Special Adviser on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari appeared before officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday.

A three-member NAB team is probing Bukhari’s offshore companies.

As he arrived at the NAB office, Bukhari was questioned by journalists. When asked whether the NAB prosecutor had stepped down owing to an altercation with him, the PM’s special adviser said, “There can be no bigger lie than this. I do not even know the NAB prosecutor.”

Responding to a question whether he will resign over the case ongoing against him in the Supreme Court (SC), Bukhari said, “Of the two ministers who have tendered their resignations, one had a reference ongoing against him and a joint investigation team (JIT) had been formed against the other minister. Mine is a dual nationality case and SC will announce a decision on it.”

NAB had initiated an inquiry against Bukhari after his name appeared in the Panama Papers as he owns six offshore companies. Bukhari had in 2016 defended having offshore companies and said that it was “legal and common practice for companies and businessmen like myself to establish commercial entities in different jurisdictions.”